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History of Trick-or-Treating

From History.com: Trick-or-treating—going from house to house in search of candy and other goodies—has been a popular Halloween tradition in the United States and other countries for an estimated 100 years. But the origins of this community-based ritual, which costumed children typically savor while their cavity-conscious parents grudgingly tag along, remain hazy. Possible forerunners to…

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Querying agents, novel update

So I’ve recently gotten back on track with querying some agents again this year. I’ve queried just a few in the last several months. All have rejected the proposal, which I’m okay with. I just needed to make myself start the process again, which at times can be daunting. Over the course of the last…

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Viking fortress unearthed

From Fox News: Archaeologists have dug up a rare find in Denmark: a Viking fortress. It’s the first such discovery in more than 60 years, ScienceNordic reports. Researchers were clued in to its possible existence after examining the placement of fortresses nearby. Read more…

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Additional structures found at the site of Stonehenge

From the Washington Post: Today, the word “Stonehenge” evokes an image of an eerie stone circle standing alone on a windswept plane. But new digital maps show the prehistoric monument didn’t always look that way. Those 24-foot-tall, 90,000-pound blocks we still find so impressive were actually part of a much larger complex of shrines —…

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Reconstructing the faces of medieval Scots

From edinburgh.gov.uk: A five-year project to analyse bodies discovered during an archaeological dig by the City of Edinburgh Council and Headland Archaeology has shed new light on Leithers of the past. Forensic artists have now unveiled what the Medieval residents of the former burgh might have looked like some 500 years ago. A team of…

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Rome’s Colosseum a dwelling in medieval times

From Discovery.com. Forget gory shows and gladiatorial combat. In the late Middle Ages, Rome’s Colosseum was a huge condominium, says the latest archaeological investigation into Rome’s most iconic monument. Archaeologists from Roma Tre University and students from the American University of Rome unearthed evidence showing that ordinary Romans lived within the Colosseum from the ninth…

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New agency alerts

For those that are seeking agents, the Writer’s Digest new agency alerts is a good listing of agents seeking to build their client lists. The agents listed often are looking for debut authors. I subscribe to this list, and comb through it from time to time just to see if anything fits with my novel…

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Novel update

I’ve recently updated my website and migrated hosts, so I hope to start posting more content again regularly and working on shopping my novel again. The plan is to start submitting to literary agents again over the summer. In the past, these were some literary agencies I had looked at. I am fortunate enough to…

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The Pagan Lord by Bernard Cornwell

The Pagan Lord by Bernard Cornwell Series: Saxon Tales Hardcover: 320 pages Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (January 7, 2014) ISBN-10: 0061969702 New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell returns to his epic Saxon Tales saga with The Pagan Lord, a dramatic story of divided loyalties, bloody battles, and the struggle to unite Britain. At the…